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Travel Advice for Guatemala (by Australian MFAT)
We advise you to exercise a high degree of caution in Guatemala because of the risk of serious criminal activity and incidents of local unrest.
Pay close attention to your personal security at all times and monitor the media for information about possible new safety or security risks.
We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to the Department of Peten (including the site of Tikal) due to increased security measures in the region. On 16 May 2011, Guatemalan authorities declared a “State of Siege” in the Peten Department following the killing of 27 people near La Libertad. During the "State of Siege" security forces will have increased powers and are likely to conduct security operations in the department. The “State of Siege” in the Department of Peten remains in place.
Guatemala has a high violent crime rate. Criminals have targeted tourists arriving at the international airport and travelling to hotels in Guatemala City and Antigua.
Guatemala’s Presidential election will be held in September 2011. There is an increased risk of political violence and demonstrations in the period leading up to and following the election. You should avoid all protests and demonstrations as they may turn violent.
Tensions remain in Rio Dulce, Livingston, Lake Izabal and Puerto Barrios in Izabal Department. If you intend to visit this region, we advise you to check with local authorities and monitor the local media for developments.
The hurricane season is June to November when landslides, mudslides and flooding may occur. In the case of a hurricane, monitor local media reports and follow the instructions of local emergency officials. See the Natural Disasters section for detailed advice.
Australia does not have an Embassy or Consulate in Guatemala. The Canadian Embassy in Guatemala City provides consular assistance to Australians in Guatemala (except the issue of passports). The Australian Embassy in Mexico can also assist Australians.
Be a smart traveller. Before heading overseas:
-organise comprehensive travel insurance and check what circumstances and activities are not covered by your policy
-register your travel and contact details, so we can contact you in an emergency
-subscribe to this travel advice to receive free email updates each time it's reissued.
Read more on SmartTraveller.gov.au
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